Almost 10,000 spectators filled Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas for the third edition of CrossVegas, as Jamey Driscoll and Katie Compton captured the men’s and women’s Elite titles.
With nine nations represented in the men’s race alone, CrossVegas was the largest international field of cyclo-cross racers ever assembled in the U.S. But the anticipated international battle of America versus the world never developed.
Driscoll captured the Elite Men’s race in a final sprint to the line against breakaway companion Christopher Jones after the pair eluded chasers throughout the 60-minute race. The pair of Americans escaped from a group of favourites in the early minutes of the race.
A chase group of six riders contested the final podium spot and American Jonathan Page took third.
Three-time world champion Erwin Vervecken of Begium emerged as the strongest foreign rider with a fifth place finish in the largest cyclocross race in America, followed by Christian Heule of Switzerland, who suffered a last lap crash that ended his hopes of a podium place.
In a repeat of the 2008 CrossVegas podium, U.S. National Champion and the 2008 CrossVegas winner Katie Compton rolled away from the international field of women to build a lead of 89 seconds at the end of the 40-minute race. Czech rider Katerina Nash repeated her second place podium with Luna teammate Georgia Gould rounding out the third spot.
For a complete report with results and additional photos, visit Cyclingnews.com for the Men’s and Women’s races.
Elite Men’s results
James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com
Christopher Jones (USA) Champion System
Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike
Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com
Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Revor Cycling Team
Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona
Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing
Christian Heule (Swi) Rendementhypo Cycling Team
Barry Wicks (USA) Kona
Ben Berden (Bel) Revor Cycling Team
Elite Women’s results
Katherine Compton (USA) Planet Bike
Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Chix
Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Chix
Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Bicycles
Mary McConneloug (USA) Team KENDA/Seven/NoTubes
Susan Butler (USA) Monavie-Cannondale.com
Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona
Alison Powers (USA) Team Fuji
Amy Dombroski (USA) RGM Watches – Richard Sachs – Radix
Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 Athletes Serving Athletes